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<p>Ridley Scott will once again be calling the shots when Noomi Rapace returns for a 'Prometheus' sequel, which is now officially in development by Fox</p>

Ridley Scott will once again be calling the shots when Noomi Rapace returns for a 'Prometheus' sequel, which is now officially in development by Fox

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Fox clarifies status of Ridley Scott returning for 'Prometheus 2'

Will we head to the planet of the Engineers as early as 2014?

Even before "Prometheus" opened in May, we'd been hearing rumbles about work already underway for a sequel to the film.  I'd heard that it essentially ended on a cliffhanger, and that design teams had been engaged to work on figuring out the home world of the Engineers as well as some familiar Xenomorphs.

I think it's safe to call the reaction to the film "mixed" this summer, and as a result, it seemed likely that all those early plans would go unrealized and that we'd never actually see that sequel.

Fox must have been happy with the numbers, though, because according to a report this morning in the Hollywood Reporter, Fox is pushing ahead to develop a sequel with Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace starring.  We checked in with Fox, and it's still very early days on this one.  They are indeed reaching out to new writers to try and figure the film out, but they confirm that Ridley Scott is the one steering the direction as they start to develop the movie.

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<p>HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo</p>

HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo

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Press Tour 2012 Live-Blog: HBO Executive Session with Richard Plepler and Michael Lombardo

What will be said about 'Girls,' 'Luck,' 'Game of Thrones' and more?

BEVERLY HILLS - HBO is always good for press tour news, so let's see what information leaks at the network's Television Critics Association gabfest.

As usual, HBO will be represented by Co-President Richard Plepler and President of Programming Michael Lombardo. And, as usual, I'll do my best to tell them apart!

Click through...

2:05 p.m. We've been promised that Plepler and Lombardo have announcements.

 

2:05 p.m. HBO has a Brett Morgan documentary on The Rolling Stones, coinciding with the band's 50th Anniversary.

2:05 p.m. HBO is also doing a movie with Larry David.

2:06 p.m. "As long as he keeps writing, we'll keep producing," Plepler says of George R.R. Martin and "Game of Thrones." Regarding "True Blood," Lombardo says that as long as the show keeps exciting the storytelling, they're there.

2:06 p.m. "Doug, as of this week, is on Page 65," Lombardo says regarding Doug Ellin and a possible "Entourage" movie.

2:08 p.m. Why move "Enlightened" and "Girls" to January? Lombardo admits that there was a hole in January produced by the abrupt cancellation of "Luck." "We did not have anything ready for that period," he says. Those will be HBO's only January originals. Plepler says that both shows have dedicated audiences who will find the show.

2:09 p.m. "I don't know that the discussion was about women, because we've had a fair number of woman creators," Lombardo says of the network's diversity. "We wait for people to come in to us with a passion project, with a show they're dying to do," Lombardo adds. "You can't mandate any kind of diversity in the creation of a show," Plepler says. He adds that Lena Dunham was sensitive to complaints about diversity last season. Lombardo notes that the network did a pilot with John Ridley and Spike Lee last year that didn't go forward. He says they're mindful of diversity in the creative pipeline.

2:11 p.m. The Larry David movie is NOT a "Curb Your Enthusiasm" movie. David is not playing himself, or at least not the Larry David from "Curb." Greg Mottola is directing.

2:12 p.m. HBO just got a draft of a script for a "The Kids Are Alright."

2:12 p.m. "Unfortunately, we can't do everything we want to do," Plepler says regarding the "Corrections" pilot. He praises the writing and acting. "It's very difficult material and I thought they did a beautiful job with it," he maintains. Lombardo says the decision wasn't based on cost.

2:14 p.m. "People come to the brand and the brand represents distinctive quality," Plepler says of attracting creators. He says the network's matrix for success is "quality and excellence," more than ratings. They want to create passionately engaged programming across all parts of the HBO audience. Lombardo specifically references "Game of Thrones" as a show they're proud of being associated with. "We responded to the writing," Lombardo says. "We want to be proud of everything that we greenlight and put on the air and we are proud of everything that's on the air," Plepler says. He references, for example, the unique voice of Lena Dunham and "Girls."

2:17 p.m. More on diversity! Both Lombardo and Plepler mention "Treme" and "True Blood" as diverse casts. "Do I think we can do better? Absolutely," Lombardo insists. "It's something we're aware of. I think we have shows that have diversity, but the truth is that we can do better," he says.

2:18 p.m. "He has essentially carte blanche," Plepler says of Larry David and additional seasons of "Curb." What Larry David wants to do next is this movie. "I think he wants to do another season of 'Curb' if he has a great idea for another season of 'Curb,'" Lombardo says.

2:19 p.m. Lombardo says that Danny and Jody have pitched an idea for another season of "Eastbound and Down," but it hasn't been written.

2:19 p.m. What are they thinking about a fourth "Treme" season? Lombardo says that they're absolutely having conversations now with David Simon regarding if there should be a fourth season and what that fourth season would be. 

2:20 p.m. "We're very proud of it," Plepler says of "The Newsroom," praising Aaron Sorkin as one of the network's original voices. He says there are 7 million people loving "Newsroom" each week. "There's only one Aaron Sorkin and we're very proud that he's working for us," he says.

2:21 p.m. Plepler says that the streaming audience for HBO is only 5 percent, but it gets closer to 25 percent when you add in OnDemand. Plepler says that "Girls" is the most viewed show on HBOGo.

2:22 p.m. What's happening with "True Detective"? What did HBO respond to? Lombardo says it's very much a character piece and the strength of the writing is that in a familiar drama it blew his socks off. The show is set up as an anthology. This first season narrative ends after these episodes conclude, but they haven't had talk about what a second season would be.

2:24 p.m. HBO ended its deal with Scott Rudin just to give him more flexible, but he remains on-board for "The Newsroom" and everybody is happy.

2:24 p.m. Why does HBO renew shows, particularly comedies," so fast? "We had seen all the episodes. We knew creatively they were strong," Lombardo says of "Girls" and "Veep." They were able to see already that there was an audience and that the audiences returned for second episodes. Plepler emphasizes, once again, that the ratings aren't the top criteria. "Is it hitting part of the 30 million in a way that's resonating?" Plepler says of the big question.

2:26 p.m. Does HBO have room for more original programming? "At this point, we're Sunday night," Lombardo says. HBO did, indeed, air programming on Mondays last fall with "Bored to Death" and "Enlightened," but they realized that the network has trained people to come on Sunday nights. They're always looking at their schedule trying to figure out the pieces and Plepler says that they still have room to add programming on Sunday nights. More programming is, as we like to say, a high class problem.

2:28 p.m. HBO has an overall deal with Jay Roach. He praises the team of Roach and Danny Strong.

2:30 p.m. "We congratulate other networks when they do good work, It takes nothing away from us," Plepler says of cable competition.

2:30 p.m. Plepler says he wouldn't count out quality broadcast dramas in the future. "There's some great shows on broadcast. They weren't nominated this year, but it's hard to argue with why 'The Good Wife' wouldn't fit into that group of shows," Lombardo says of the absence of broadcast dramas in the Emmy field. Lombardo thought "The Following" on FOX was a "smart, well-executed show."

2:32 p.m. "It's over," Lombardo says of "The Life and Times of Tim." He looks a little sad. "We're always looking at stuff," Lombardo says of future animated shows.

2:32 p.m. David Milch is working on a new pilot for HBO and he has movies and miniseries on his plate. The Faulkner thing, presumably?

 

That's all, folks...

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<p>Lena Dunham and Allison Williams in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Lena Dunham and Allison Williams in "Girls."

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HBO's 'Girls' and 'Enlightened' to return in January

Lena Dunham and friends had been paired with 'Veep' this year

HBO's three-hour stint at the Television Critics Association press tour is going to begin shortly — including a highly-anticipated panel for "The Newsroom"(*) — but the network has already put out press releases for several of the announcements co-presidents Richard Plepler and Michael Lombardo will be making, including the decision to pair "Girls" and "Enlightened" in January.

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<p>You might want to look behind you.&nbsp; Then again, this is 'Paranormal Activity 4,' so that might not end well for you.</p>

You might want to look behind you.  Then again, this is 'Paranormal Activity 4,' so that might not end well for you.

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'Paranormal Activity 4' gets a trailer and drops some clues

Looks like we're done with prequels and finally dealing with fallout

When you're making films that are as small as the "Paranormal Activity" movies, it's easier to fly under the radar and not have major leaks involving story details.

It's not an insult to call these small movies, either.  That's part of the charm of the series, this handmade quality that makes them feel like they're not just part of the corporate machine.  It's deceptive, of course.  While the first "Paranormal" was about as handmade as a film can be, once Paramount finally released it and saw the reaction, they have created a system where they can make these films quietly, cheaply, and no one really knows what they're up to until they decide to share.

For example, with the last film, people didn't even fully know what premise they were using until the film began to screen.  The trailers carefully danced around giving away any details, and they way the process worked, they were able to experiment until they found the film they liked.  They've got the directors of the last one back this time, Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, and it's almost surprising how clear a picture of what we can expect from the fourth film in the series we get from today's trailer debut.

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<p>Green Day</p>

Green Day

Green Day set to re-release entire studio catalog in new box set

Best Buy exclusive covers 19 years and eight albums

So three new albums from Green Day aren’t quite enough for you? Before the staggered releases of “Uno,” “Dos,” and “Tre” start Sept. 25,  Green Day will re-release its entire studio catalog with “The Studio Albums 1990-2009,” a box set available exclusively through Best Buy on Sept. 4.

The collection is housed in a clamshell box with each album in an individual paper sleeve with the original artwork. The set does not include any previously unreleased material. The price was not released.

Covering the group’s indie beginning on  Lookout! through their most recent studio album on Reprise/Warner Bros., the set includes “1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours” (1990), “Kerplunk” (1992), “Dookie” (1994), “Insomniac” (1995), “Nimrod” (1997), “Warning” (2000), “American Idiot” (2004) and “21st Century Breakdown” (2009).

 

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"A Chance to Dance"

"A Chance to Dance"

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Press Tour 2012: Nigel Lythgoe of 'SYTYCD' talks up 'A Chance to Dance'

Nigel and son promise this 'is a challenge show,' not a competition show

If "So You Think You Can Dance" isn't enough hoofing and pirouetting for you, you'll be happy to know that "SYTYCD" producer Nigel Lythgoe has another dance-oriented series for you. The 7-part series "A Chance to Dance," which premieres Friday, Aug. 17 (10 p.m. ET) follows two former ballet dancers Billy Trevitt and Michael Nunn as they travel across the country to put together a dance troupe in just four weeks.

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<p>James Stewart and Kim Novak in &quot;Vertigo.&quot;</p>

James Stewart and Kim Novak in "Vertigo."

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'Vertigo' dethrones 'Citizen Kane' in Sight & Sound's Greatest Films of All Time poll

For the first time in 50 years, the once-and-decade list has a new champion

Well, it had a good run. For half a century, Orson Welles's "Citizen Kane" reigned supreme as the default candidate for the Greatest Film of All Time. That, in part, was thanks to its routine dominance of august British film magazine Sight & Sound's once-a-decade critics' poll -- the largest and most historically embedded survey of such matters, initiated in 1952 and topped by "Kane" for five decades running from 1962 to 2002. (Interestingly, though 11 years old at the time, it didn't even feature in the inaugural Top 10.)

No more. To everything there is a season -- just a very long one, sometimes -- and Welles's groundbreaking 1941 dissection of a Hearst-like media tycoon has finally been supplanted by a younger (well, slightly), more colorful pretender in the form of Alfred Hitchcock's dreamy 1958 thriller "Vertigo." "Kane" actually endured a double defeat, also losing the top spot in Sight & Sound's parallel directors' poll, -- this time to Yasujiro Ozu's minimal old-age study "Tokyo Story," which also rose to third place in the critics' list.

The results of Sight & Sound's 2012 vote, and further commentary, after the jump.

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<p>Justin Bieber in &quot;As Long As You Love Me&quot;</p>

Justin Bieber in "As Long As You Love Me"

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Watch: Justin Bieber and Michael Madsen get violent in 'As Long As You Love Me'

Tears, blood, dance and a mob dad

Actor Michael Madsen's best-known roles are from "Reservoir Dogs," "Kill Bill" and "Donnie Brasco." Just what kind of character do you think he'd play in a Justin Bieber music video?

That's right, in "As Long as You Love Me," Bieber gets roughed up by Madsen, who plays his video girlfriend's ultra-intimidating father, who appropriately dons a lot of gold rings, smokes cigars and beats the living snot out of the love-sick 18-year-old.

"I love her," JB tells Daddy Fearest at the beginning of the clip.

"Sure you do..."

"... you don't know us."

"I don't want to."

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<p>I wonder if Emile Hirsch and Gina Gershon ever traded stories about the Wachowskis on the set of 'Killer Joe'</p>

I wonder if Emile Hirsch and Gina Gershon ever traded stories about the Wachowskis on the set of 'Killer Joe'

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Watch: Emile Hirsch explains how to plan a murder in 'Killer Joe'

Oh, Speed Racer, you got dark, didn't you?

Before the cameras started rolling, Emile Hirsch and I had a chat about the way "Speed Racer" is slowly but surely growing in reputation, thanks in large part to the younger viewers who saw it and who are going to revisit the film many times as they get older.  Hirsch told me he's certainly heard from young fans more and more, and he seemed pleased to hear that the film is not fading.  I know that for my own kids, it's one of the films that are just part of their ongoing canon, in the regular rotation, and beloved.

Hirsch has made interesting choices so far in his career, and I'm glad to see him working with someone like William Friedkin.  I think Hirsch has real talent, and maybe the commercial failure of "Speed Racer" was the best thing for him.  I'm not sure he'd survive a steady diet of giant tentpole films.  It seems like he's far more interested in exploring the darker, stranger corners of filmmaking, and that he's good at it.

I interviewed him for "Speed," and for "Into The Wild," and he seems to be a different person each time we come back together to discuss a new film.  I think he's the sort of guy who really internalizes these experiences he has, and he's still pretty young, still developing into the actor he'll eventually be.

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<p>B.j. Novak will star as one of the Sherman Brothers opposite Jason Schwartzman in 'Saving Mr. Banks'</p>

B.j. Novak will star as one of the Sherman Brothers opposite Jason Schwartzman in 'Saving Mr. Banks'

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BJ Novak signs to play songwriting Sherman for Walt Disney biopic 'Saving Mr. Banks'

The latest addition to a great cast makes this a project worth watching

I don't really work in the world of world of Oscar prognostication, but I think i'd be willing to put down a few dollars that "Saving Mr. Banks" is going to be a serious player when it's released in 2013.  I've read the script by Kelly Marcel, and it's kind of great. 

I'm fascinated by stories about Walt Disney, anyway, because he was such a great public figure, such a careful controller of his own image, and I think there are movies to be made about him.  I'd love to see a film that's just about his relationship with Kurt Russell, Annette Funicello, Tommy Kirk, Jodie Foster… the Disney kids over the years.  I'd love to see a film about the early days of trying to build his studio.  I'd love to see a film about how hard he worked to realize his dreams of theme parks before anyone really had any idea what the hell he was talking about.

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<p>Hawk Koch (left)&nbsp;with Robert Evans (center)&nbsp;and Robert Towne at a 30th anniversary screening of &quot;Chinatown&quot; in 2004</p>

Hawk Koch (left) with Robert Evans (center) and Robert Towne at a 30th anniversary screening of "Chinatown" in 2004

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Hawk Koch elected Academy president

Producers Branch governor was a favorite going into tonight's vote

The press release, in full:

Beverly Hills, CA (July 31, 2012) – Producer Hawk Koch was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight (July 31) by the organization's Board of Governors. This will be his first term in the office.

Koch, who is beginning his ninth year as a governor representing the Producers Branch, has served as first vice president of the Academy during the past year. He previously served three one-year terms as treasurer and one term as vice president.

In addition, Public Relations Branch governor Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected first vice president; Producers Branch governor Kathleen Kennedy was elected to one vice president post and Writers Branch governor Phil Robinson was re-elected to the other vice president post; Public Relations Branch governor Rob Friedman was elected treasurer; and Executives Branch governor Robert Rehme was elected secretary.

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"The Glee Project"

"The Glee Project"

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'The Glee Project' recap: 'Romanticality'

It's all about faking it effectively this week

The theme for the week is romanticality, which isn't really a word at all, as my automatic spell check keeps reminding me by changing it to romantically, but hey, this show ain't about proper English, it's about singing and dancing! So, let's get to exactly that!

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